SolarCity has claimed the highest module efficiencies with 22.04% conversion efficiencies.
China-based monocrystalline module producer Shanghai Aerospace Automobile Electromechanical Co (HT-SAAE) plans to construct two 50MW PV projects for agricultural greenhouses in China.
PV manufacturer Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) said it was upgrading and migrating 200MW of solar cell capacity to PERL (Passivated Emitter, Rear Locally diffused) technology.
As many as 27,000 jobs could be lost if the UK government presses ahead with plans to cut the solar feed-in tariff by 87%, according to research carried out by one of the country’s trade bodies.
Chile has adopted a greatly increased renewable and clean energy target of 70% for its energy mix by 2050, with the Latin American country’s Ministry of Energy publishing a roadmap document.
India has pledged to source 40% of its installed electric power capacity from non-fossil fuel based energy sources by 2030, along with a 33-35% reduction in the carbon intensity of its GDP from 2005 levels.
The International Energy Agency has called for a strong agreement at the COP21 climate talks in Paris later this year as the best means of accelerating renewable energy deployment beyond current projections.
The Taiwanese government is preparing to plead its case to the European Commission as it looks to avoid the imposition of trade duties on its solar products.
US power producer Dominion Virginia Power (DVP) has proposed a trio of solar farms for the US state of Virginia with a combined capacity of 56MW.
Following the retirement of David B. Miller, DuPont has appointed Jon D. Kemp as president of its Electronics & Communications business effective November 1, 2015.
During the 70th United Nations General Assembly in New York, SkyPower Global (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), a developer and owner of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, made an announcement with Prime Minister Hasina, unveiling its plans to build 2 gigawatts (GW) of utility-scale PV plants over the next five years in Bangladesh, representing an investment of USD 4.3 billion.
SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA, Niestetal, Germany) has become the first non-local inverter supplier to surpass 1 gigawatt of solar photovoltaic (PV) inverter sales in Japan, the company announced.
SMA opened its sales and service subsidiary in Japan in 2011 offering a full portfolio of PV inverters and communication products for photovoltaic installations of all sizes as well as innovative energy management systems.
First Solar, Inc. (Tempe, Arizona, U.S.) on September 30th, 2015 announced that Mizuho Bank Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) was extending a low interest solar photovoltaic (PV) project construction loan facility of up to USD 33 Million (4 billion yen) in Japan to First Solar Japan GK to develop utility-scale PV plants.
In collaboration with Carl Stahl Architektur GmbH, manufacturer of steel cable and mesh constructions, and material supplier Merck KGaA, BELECTRIC OPV GmbH (Nuremberg, Germany) has developed a unique energy-generating shade sail in the shape of the African continent.
The active solar shade sail forms the focal point of the new Peace and Security Building of the African Union in Addis Ababa – a project managed by the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and implemented with the aid of local construction companies.
SkyPower Global (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), a developer and owner of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects has entered into a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Government of Madhya Pradesh, India, to provide 150 megawatts (MW) AC of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power to the Indian state.
On September 26th, 2015, the award ceremony of the 2nd Off-Grid Experts Awards took place in Memmingen (Germany). They go to innovative developments, experiences and impressions from the field of independent energy supply.
Solar applications for the power supply in Africa were in the focus of three of the four prize winners. The competition had been announced by the system integrator Phaesun under the motto “Energy Independence for You.”
According to GTM Research’s (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.) “U.S. PV Leaderboard, Q3, 2015”, SolarCity installed 34 percent of all U.S. residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in the first half of 2015.
Vivint Solar ranked second, installing 12 percent, and Sunrun, NRG Home Solar and Sungevity rounded out the top five.
ENDESA, S.A. (Madrid, Spain), a utility belonging to the Enel Group, on September 29th, 2015 purchased 333 gigawatt hours (GWh) of solar power in the auction market for the last quarter of 2015, equivalent to an installed capacity of 1,200 MW of solar photovoltaic generation capacity.
The auction, in which orders for a total of 12 participants were crossed was fully covered in the third round at a final price of 51.94 €/MWh.
8point3 Energy Partners LP (San Jose, California, U.S.), a limited partnership formed by First Solar, Inc. and SunPower Corporation, on September 30th, 2015 announced financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended August 31st, 2015.
For the third quarter of fiscal 2015, 8point3 Energy Partners reported revenue of USD 3.1 million, net income of USD 1.3 million, adjusted EBITDA of USD 9.7 million, and Cash Available for Distribution (CAFD) of USD 6.7 million.
Duke Energy Florida continues to advance the development of solar energy with the announcement of a new 3.8 megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) facility in Osceola County.
The Osceola PV project is the first in a strategic, long-range plan to install 35 megawatts of solar by 2018 and up to 500 megawatts of solar power in the state by 2024, ensuring residents have increasingly clean and reliable energy.